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Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa were ostensibly playing, respectively, behind the striker and on the left wing. However, the platform provided by the midfielders behind them, and their own intelligent movement and interplay, helped the two playmakers to combine to tremendous effect.
Their pass-completion maps, per Squawka.com, look wonderful and, indeed, remarkably similar. They show excellent ball retention, with Kagawa completing 51 of 56 passes successfully and Mata completing 50 of 53.
To those who saw the performance, they provide an excellent graphical representation of the manner of the play.
With quick, short, effective passing, and an eye toward the key pass, the duo helped United exert an almost complete control over proceedings.
It was beautiful to watch.